I didn't enjoy the narrator, nor the constant use of French (poorly in my opinion, being Canadian and accustomed to the mingling of the two languages in every day conversation.
The story didn't grab and hold me. Now i wasn't expecting BONES from TV but I was expecting to at least like the main character. Unfortunately I found the main character annoying and was put off by her.
The narration as I mentioned above was not to my liking. The woman's voice comes across as her being as bored with the story as I was.
The pacing dragged. Too much introspection of the main character with too little insight into the other characters.
A narrator who didn't attempt voices unnecessarily. Often what someone says in a story is quite enough to characterize them. Using an accent, or *voice* distracts from it. Sure there are times when emphasis is required and desirable but at other times it's nothing more than unnecessary.
I would remove the use of French words. While I understand the desire to immerse the reader into the culture of the city (And don't get me wrong Montreal is a wonderful and unique place to live) but for myself it was distracting from the story. Jarring in that everytime it came up I was reminded I was reading (hearing) a story and not able to just immerse myself in the action and dialogue.
I'd had the entire series as offered by Audible in my wish list.
They are now removed. I'm glad I didn't purchase a number of them at once.
Yes. My friends who have similar tastes to mine would enjoy it and I like making my friends happy.
Asprin's voice is just sarcastic and whimsical enough to appeal to that part of me that steps back from my interactions with others and makes those little comments.
It's more than breaking the invisible barrier between story teller and listener; it's rather like curling up in a pile of pillows with friends and sharing secrets.
The slightly out of kilter feeling that I have more in common with Ahz than I do with Skeeve.
I hadn't, until this series. But now that I've heard a few of them I can say that he's consistent in his portrayal of voices. If at times a bit too stereotypical without meaning to be.
Green, scaly and demonic... he's everyone's idea of a mentor.
This is a fun family listen and you might find yourself rewinding to hear things over just for the giggle it gives you. His use of puns and Skeeve's fish out of water sense of the world he's suddenly found himself in are not over done. They add to rather than overwhelm a cute though not trite storyline.
I should probably hold off on writing this review; as I haven't finished listening to the book.
However at this point, I'm not completely certain that I will.
I made the BIG MISTAKE of seeing a movie and liking it very much and finding the book after. I should know better by now.
The movie is great. The book is different, and why I'm surprised I'm unclear. It's not a bad book, it's just not the movie.
The main character is so different that I had a hard time investing in him. The voice is good, the descriptions clean and articulate.
it's just..NOT THE MOVIE ;)
So fair warning. Don't compare and you'll probably enjoy it.
Intriguing, romantic, fantasy
hmmm... this is difficult without giving a spoiler and it's not really a 'moment' but The Moor's love took my breath away.
Mostly, yes. I find that I seldom like male narrators doing female voices. This narrator, like many others, in my opinion, gave the main character a simpering voice. While I can see where someone might make that choice, given her state of mind at the beginning of the book; it doesn't seem to change much even when her self esteem asserts.
Two can howl as one.
Enjoying the series so far. I'm glad that Charles has been fleshed out from his role in the Mercy books.
I enjoy the voice of the author. Very much so. The narrator has a good grasp of the cadence and speech patterning for the different characters.
The story is okay. It's a fun listen, but it's not really informative. You either buy the premise of there being a village of werewolves in Alaska, Ontario and elsewhere, or you do not. There's no attempt to convince the reader of the fact. This gives the story a sense of veracity that makes it even more fun.
There's a couple of very explicit sexual scenes that I feel do very little to drive the story in the explicitness. There's just no need for the description of the actual act and foreplay. These scenes are jarring and took me right out of the story's entrancement. There's nothing wrong with a sexual scene in a story, mind. Just that these are too much. Just too much, too clinical and too explicit in terms of the lightheartedness of the story.
In our top 10.
My daughters and I listened to this book together. I and my younger daughter choose Collin, and my older daughter chooses Miranda. Though the story is told from Miranda's pov and you get all the little insights of how her mind works and twists and wobbles, it is Colin's behaviour that gives truth to the story. All he can do is react and react he does. It may appear odd and sometimes even not a very nice reaction but his reactions are honest and remain in character.
When they find themselves without a car and lost. I won't spoil it for anyone. Listen and hear for yourself.
Who knew being dead could be so life affirming?
Give it a listen. The narrator comes over as quite comfortable with the asides and brain farts of the characters that you feel like you're hearing the story over a drink or coffee from a beloved if ditzy girlfriend. She invites you into the story; using the author's words to be sure; but keeps you there by her vocal creations of the characters.
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